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Title: Eugene Tatsuru Kimura Interview
Narrator: Eugene Tatsuru Kimura
Interviewer: Tom Ikeda
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: September 5, 2008
Densho ID: denshovh-keugene-01-0008

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TI: So again, I'm thinking, just like your typical day, going from your regular school to Japanese school, was there a break? Did you have, like, a snack between? Or what was it like in terms of that day?

EK: Well, after leaving Broadway, grammar school, Pacific grammar school or Broadway High School, I would walk home. None of us drove home 'cause we didn't have cars then. Then we may have just deposited our homework from the Caucasian schools and then had a apple or something like that, and then we walked to the Japanese school come rain or shine.

TI: So this prevented probably you and other Japanese American students from doing very many extracurricular activities?

EK: Not much.

TI: Because you couldn't do, like, after school sports or things like that. It'd be hard to...

EK: Not, not that I know about in terms of the students at Broadway High School.

TI: So growing up in Seattle, do you recall some of the friends you had?

EK: Yeah, there's the neighborhood friends, yeah. I still remember a friend who, let's see, he was one of ten children, I think his name was Watanabe. I think his name was Takeshi Watanabe. He was a stockily built individual, was very good in judo that I remember. But we used, we used to pal around with him. Then across the street at the Star apartment house, there was a, twins called Sam and Shuko or Sarah, Sam and Sarah Terao. They were short, but he was quite talented in making, assembling balsa wood planes and so forth. And he also, I think he also melted lead over a fire and made it into a mold and so forth. This was before people knew that lead was so toxic, you know. But I do remember his leaning over the kitchen sink and heating the lead with unknown vapors of lead probably permeating the whole room. But that didn't last too long, so we were not exposed to it constantly.

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